Civics Essay Contest
High School and Middle School winners Isabelle Scott and Alexander Ashman visiting the Supreme Court for a meeting with Sonia Sotomayor on March 17, 2017.
This year, hundreds of Middle School and High School students from around the country competed in the Federal Bar Association's first ever Civics Essay Contest. The topic of this year's contest was "What does an Impartial Judiciary Mean to Me?" Read the top essays from this year below!
Middle School Contest Winners:
1st Place: Alexander Ashman, for his essay "True Justice"
2nd Place: Jivan Jot Kaur Khalsa
3rd Place: Jonah Gilbert
High School Contest Winners:
1st Place: Isabelle Scott, for her essay "Fear Free"
2nd Place: Stephanie Besen
3rd Place: Jacob Couture
Excellence in Civics Education Award
2017 was also the first year that the FBA recognized teachers around the country for their dedication to civics education. 22 teachers who were nominated by students and collegues were awarded the Excellence in Civics Education Award. See below for a list of this year's awardees by circuit.
David A. Scott, Northport-East Northport School District
Douglas Elliot, Gelinas Junior High School
Lisa Carney, St. Bernadette of Lourdes School
Susan Boroughs, Granby High School
Nicholas McDaniels, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School
Bob Knight, Bull Run Middle School
Christine McCrory, Lafayette High School
Dawn Blake, Allen High School
Joe Foster, Hardin Northern High School
Erica Griggs, L&N STEM Academy
Jennifer Forshey, Rocky River High School
David Volkman, Loveland High School
Jonathan L. Entin, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Fred Cole, Marquette Senior High School
Eric Hanna, Olentangy Shanahan Middle School
Tyler Johnson, Ohio Connections Academy
Shannon Arko, Jefferson Middle School
Rebecca Daen, Legal Prep Charter Academy
Derek Bridges, Clark Elementary School
Dr. Homee F. Shroff, BASIS Tucson Northern High School
Jon Labrousse, Ridgeline Montessorie
Karen Wozniak, West Laurens High School